Friday, April 11, 2014

{origami hearts} and goodie bags

Lately I've been thinking about Easter. Last year I put together a few Easter baskets for some of my family and I'm contemplating whether or not do the same this year.  As a little gift giving inspiration I decided to look over the pics I took of the goodie bags I recently put together for Valentine's Day.  It totally put me in a crafty mood, so in case it does the same for you here's a peek at what I did ; )

To make the origami hearts (with cute little pockets) that I attached to the front of the bags, you'll need the following:

  • pretty paper (both sides will show)
  • bone folder
  • paper trimmer
  • your favorite paper adhesive

If you want to make your hearts the same size as shown in these photos, trim your paper to 2 inches wide by 3.5 inches tall. Below is a picture of each of the folding steps.

The steps:  Start with your rectangle.  Fold your paper in half length wise.  Unfold.  Fold in half width wise.  Unfold, and then fold the right half to the center length wise.  Next fold the left half also to the center length wise.  Unfold the right half only.  Fold the now open right half to the first crease mark length wise (not back to the center).  Turn upside-down.  Fold the top half to the center width wise.  Fold the bottom half to the center width wise.  There will now be 4 flaps to fold down - one for each corner of the top of the heart.  To do this take each of the four corners and fold them backward to where each corresponding flap ends.  Secure each of these corner flaps down with your paper adhesive.  Turn your heart around and it is now facing up with a pocket in the front.  All done.

These little pocket hearts would be perfect for holding a small photo, love note, or pretty embellishment. In the examples here, I added in a hot cinnamon candy heart.

For inside the goodies bags, I filled these cute cellophane bags with different things for each some have candies, chocolates, peeps dipped in chocolate (my favorite!), single serving red velvet flavored ground coffee, a Starbucks gift card, road trip music (since we like to travel together), or local loose leaf tea.  I mailed a couple out, and the ones for my mom and little sister were given to them on Valentine's Day when they picked me up for a weekend road trip to Long Beach.  I have a few super fun pics from that trip that I'll share in the future.  I hope you enjoyed this post and my goodie bag inspiration.  Happy weekend to you!  XO

P.S. You can watch a video of how I put my Valentines together (attached to the front of the goodie bags pictured) HERE.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

{video} my washi collection

The last couple weeks have been crazy. Period. I really need to work on figuring out how to make time for sharing more here on my blog when I'm busy, because it's definitely a struggle for me.  However, right now, even though my head is spinning from my personal life, I did decide to make a quick video today.  The lovely, Serena Bee was sweet enough to tag me in her latest washi video, so here's a look at my washi collection  and how I tend to use it....XO

Sunday, February 9, 2014

{prompt 9} 5 things i love about you

Today is a combination of a reflective and a crafty prompt....but still super fun and easy.  Here are the details:

Prompt 9:  Make a list of 5 things you love about someone.  You can either make a list in your journal, or whatever suits your fancy, OR you can scrapbook it using one of the jouranling cards I designed.  There is a FREE download HERE.

The journaling cards come in two different designs.  One with a large heart in the background, and one without.  For my card I added in the text with my typewriter, using puffy heart stickers as bullet points for each "thing".  The sticker letters at the top with Ryan's name are from Sticko and a lovely mirrored gold.  Hope you have fun with this one!  XO

List of prompts so far:

Saturday, February 8, 2014

{prompt 8} share the love

This next prompt is all about sharing the love on love month : ) 

Prompt 8: Perform an act of kindness.  I have a few examples listed above if you'd like some ideas to choose from, but you can really do whatever you want.  For example, today Ryan and I spent the afternoon together and I let him pick out what we where going to do, and where we were going to eat, etc...and we had the best time!  I'm sure throughout the month, I'll choose a few more specific things to do, like buy the coffee of the person behind me next time I'm at the coffee shop, and I'm a big fan of offering to get people things when I get up myself.  Any ideas on how you'd like to share the love this month?  XO

List of prompts so far: